Chelsea club captain (officially!) Gary Cahill and Chelsea social media cheerleader Danny Drinkwater are both set to stay with the club for the rest of season despite hardly playing in the first six months of Sarri’s tenure.
Drinkwater in fact hasn’t been seen on the pitch since a substitute appearance in the Community Shield before the season even officially began! Cahill meanwhile has dropped completely out of the defensive rotation, with youngster Ethan Ampadu already anointed his successor — though with Ampadu now also needed in midfield rotation after Chelsea decided to not sign a direct replacement for Cesc Fàbregas, perhaps Cahill will be called upon in some meaningless game down the line.
There’s been little to no interest in Drinkwater this month. Briefly linked with West Ham United in the last couple days, the 28-year-old’s wages are probably a massive stumbling block for any team trying to sign him and he himself seems happy enough to collect, attend training, and post happy things and support his teammates on social media.
There had been some interest in Gary Cahill, and a move to Fulham even looked likely, but the Cottagers couldn’t agree terms with the 33-year-old and he turned down moves away from England and London (Juventus, if you’d believe it!).
Unlike Cahill, whose contract is up at the end of the season, Drinkwater will have three (3!!) more years left on his Chelsea contract so we’ll be revisiting this issue in a few months once again.